Spring Cocktail Hour: 5 Best Gin Cocktails

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of warm spring sunshine on your face after suffering through the long, cold nights of winter. Spring brings us longer and sunnier days, lighter clothing and blooming flowers that make it a delight to take a walk in the park. Of course, you’ll be wanting a nice refreshing cocktail to go with the new season, and there’s something about springtime and gin that just fits. While vodka is generally the default choice for cocktails because of its neutral flavour that can be mixed with anything, gin is infused and distilled with herbs such as juniper that give it a distinct aromatic character that complements and enhances a wide variety of flavours. So here are our top five picks for the best spring gin cocktails inspired by the fresh, herbal and floral flavours of spring.

1. Rose Blush

The Rose Blush is a stunning, light cocktail where the mint of the gin combines with fresh ginger ale, lemon and roses to make a drink that will pleasantly surprise even a seasoned cocktail enthusiast.

  • 2 oz. gin
  • 1 oz. ginger ale
  • ½ oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • sugared rose petals

Pour gin, ginger ale and lemon juice into a glass, fill with crushed ice, stir and garnish with sugared rose petals. While you can buy the sugared rose petals, you can also make them at home pretty easily. You will need 1 egg white, 4 tablespoons of granulated sugar and rose petals (rinsed and dried). Whip the egg until it’s frothy, then dip the rose petals (one at a time) into the egg white and then in the sugar. Leave them to dry for 3-4 hours and you’ll have some lovely garnish that can last up to 12 months.

2. Gin and Tonic

There’s nothing wrong with going back to basics, like this old classic. This is, in essence, a very simple drink with two main components, each with a distinctive taste, so good ingredients are crucial. Basically, you just need to find a tonic water that you personally like, because that’s the ingredient that turns people off from this drink. There’s no need to focus on expensive brands, there are plenty of good, reasonably priced tonic waters, you just need to find the right one for you.

  • 2 oz. gin
  • 2 oz. tonic water
  • 2 oz. club soda
  • 2 dashes of orange bitter
  • lime wedge/cucumber slice

Simply pour all the ingredients into a highball glass, stir and add your garnish of choice and you have yourself a perfect gin and tonic.

3. Cucumber Rosemary Gimlet

This delightful cocktail is basically spring in a glass with a light and refreshing flavour. It’s very popular with women, so it’s perfect for a girls’ night out or if you have a lady coming over for an evening drink.

  • 2 oz. gin
  • 1 oz. cucumber juice
  • ¾ oz. fresh lime juice
  • ½ oz. simple syrup
  • 2 sprigs of rosemary

For the cucumber juice, you will need to peel the cucumbers, puree them and then sieve the juice into the shaker. Add some good gin, lime juice, simple syrup, one sprig of rosemary and some ice, shake vigorously and pour into a rocks glass. Then, add the final touch with the other sprig of rosemary.

4. Slippery When Wet

This cocktail is for those of you who like a rich flavoured drink, which in this case comes from a combination of Greek yogurt with strawberries and honey.

  • large ripe strawberries
  • fresh lemon juice
  • ½ oz. undiluted honey
  • 2 oz. gin
  • 1 teaspoon of plain Greek yogurt
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 vertical slice of strawberry

Mix and puree the strawberries, lemon juice and honey, then add gin, yogurt and ice and mix until chilled. Strain into a rocks glass, grind black pepper on top and garnish with a strawberry.

5. Elderflower and Mint Collins

A twist on the popular Tom Collins, this is a very smooth and gentle cocktail.

  • 2 oz. gin
  • 1 oz. lemon juice
  • ½ oz. elderflower cordial
  • mint leaves
  • lemon slice

Crush the mint leaves so they release their flavour, then add the rest of the ingredients with ice into a shaker, mix and strain into a glass. Top off the glass with club soda and garnish with a lemon slice and mint leaves.

Peter Minkoff
Peter is a lifestyle writer at HighStyleLife magazine, living between Europe and Australia. Follow Peter on Twitter for more tips.
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